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Agreement will lower county cost of insurance

MIFFLINTOWN — Juniata County has entered into an intergovernmental program to reduce insurance costs associated with providing behavioral health services to local residents.

During Tuesday’s regular business meeting, the Juniata County Commissioners adopted an ordinance authorizing a single primary contractor agreement with the state’s Department of Human Services on behalf of the HealthChoices Behavioral Health Program, joining 23 other counties in an effort to provide mandated services at a reduced cost.

“We’re joining 23 other counties with this program,” said Commissioner Alice Gray. “We can do it for a lot less funding. Doing this alone would break the bank. Our residents in need of behavioral health services will continue to receive the same good services and it will be much more cost-effective for our citizens.”

In other business Tuesday, the commissioners:

¯Approved a request from Fayette Township for 2019 Liquid Fuels allocation in the amount of $6,111.73.

¯Ratified a Juniata County Hazardous Materials check in the amount of $35.06 to Wex Bank for the purchase of fuel.

¯Ratified a Home Housing Rehab Project check in the amount of $12,780 to JSD Construction for project costs.

¯Approved payment of bills in the amount of $76,282.20.

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